De Havilland DH.89A Dominie ex-NR777/D-7 (BAF) in flight.
Belgian Air Force De Havilland DH.89A Dominie C.1, D-7 (RAF NR777, c/n 6853) was struck off charge on 8 July 1955 and ending up stored away in a hangar at Deurne airport. Although this was known to the aeronautical world not all that many people had seen this aircraft before it was sold in 1994 to Ron Sough in the UK. In 1995 however a group of aviation enthusiast around Benno Tissi acquired the D-7 which was shipped from Southampton to New Zealand. Restoration started in Mandeville, NZ, with Croydon Aircraft Company, but it had to move from there and in 2001 the project was taken over by Southair of Taieri, Dunedin, NZ. Since then ZK-SWR, as the aircraft is registered now, has taken to the air and has moved to Hawkes Bay Airport, Napier NZ.
Graeme Claridge of "CLARIDGE AVIATION PRINTS" (http://www.aviationprints.co.nz/) was so kind to share some of the air-to-air pictures he took of the beautifull twin engined biplane.
Last updated 19/12/11 08:27 Daniel Brackx